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Akebia quinata

Chocolate Vine

Unusual climber with deep chocolate scented flowers

A semi-evergreen climber with striking vanilla scented chocolate coloured flowers make Akebia Quinata a unique addition to your garden. If planted in pairs this unusual climber also bears the occasional sausage shaped fruit in the Autumn.


Plant against a tree or wall in well-drained soil and in a sunny spot to bring out its best colours and growth. Will tolerate most soil types and is reasonably hardy.


Looks stunning on pergolas and trellises. Add a touch of the exotic to any wall. This plant will need wire supports for free flowing growth.

Prune shortly after it’s flowering to keep the plant healthy.

Plant details

In depth plant information

Property Value
Plant type Climber
Flower colour
Foliage colour
Typically available March - September
Season of interest Spring, Summer, Autumn
Evergreen Yes
Plant height 800 cm - 1200 cm
Plant width 800 cm - 850 cm
Fragrant flowers Yes
Attracts bees No
Attracts butterflies No
Plant height in 5 years 670 cm
Hardiness zone (?) H5

Will perform best in these conditions

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Soil type Chalk, Loam, Sand
Light exposure Full sun, Part shade
Soil drainage Well drained, Medium
Planting instructions

Water the plant in its pot thoroughly before planting – give it a good soaking. Prepare the area by digging a hole twice the size of the pot at least 15cm away from the wall, fence or support. Dig compost into the base of the hole. Remove the pot and position the plant – along with its supporting cane in the hole, leaning onto the support, with the top of the rootball about level with the surrounding soil. Refill the planting hole with a mixture of garden soil and compost, firming as you go. Arrange and tie the stems onto the support. Water in well and keep well watered during the plant's first year.

Planting site Garden edging

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2.5 litre pot £12.99 Check Stock

Typically available

From March to September